Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke. Cigarette smoke raises high blood pressure and decreases good cholesterol. Quitting benefits your heart. Within days of stopping smoking, your risk of heart attack starts to decline.
In my last post, I discussed how, in my program for reversal of heart disease, we follow what I call the “Rule of 60”: LDL 60 mg/dl, HDL 60 mg/dl, triglycerides 60 mg/dl, or 60:60:60. We do this in order to achieve greater control over heart disease risk. Achieving these values also, interestingly, is associated with improved…